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Classical Beat: April, 2012

Posted at 09:44 AM ET, 04/27/2012

Your dream WPAS season here.

You be the programmer. What artists and programs would you like to see in Washington next season, if you were a classical music presenter? Or do you think the WPAS 2012-13 season is perfect just the way it is?

By Anne Midgette  |  09:44 AM ET, 04/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:28 PM ET, 04/26/2012

WPAS announces 2012-13 season

WPAS delivers the expected: the A- and B-list names of classical music, in safe repertory, will play Washington’s halls next season.

By Anne Midgette  |  05:28 PM ET, 04/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 04/24/2012

Norman Scribner, hail and farewell

Norman Scribner took his leave of the Choral Arts Society this weekend, 47 years after he founded it. Katherine Boyle wrote a wonderful article about him, and I reviewed his final concert.

By Anne Midgette  |  11:03 AM ET, 04/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Choral Arts Society

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 04/24/2012

The weekend in review: Concerto Köln, Verge Ensemble, A Far Cry, and Fred Lerdahl

Concert reviews of the crack early-music group Concerto Köln, the complete quartets of Pulitzer finalist Fred Lerdahl, the Verge Ensemble playing Morton Subotnick, and more.

By Anne Midgette  |  10:43 AM ET, 04/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Charles T. Downey, Joan Reinthaler, Tom Huizenga, Stephen Brookes, NSO

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 04/23/2012

Nabucco comes to WNO

Verdi’s earliest big success is popular fare in Europe, but less well-known in the US. It comes to WNO on Saturday night, and I say what I think about it here.

By Anne Midgette  |  11:42 AM ET, 04/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  WNO

Posted at 11:08 AM ET, 04/23/2012

The Art of Argento

Why everyone should go to the festival of Dominick Argento’s music at the University of Maryland this week - especially if you haven’t heard of him.

By Anne Midgette  |  11:08 AM ET, 04/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  UMD

Posted at 03:51 PM ET, 04/16/2012

Puts wins Pulitzer

“Silent Night,” an opera by Kevin Puts and Mark Campbell that premiered in November, 2011 at the Minnesota Opera, has won the Pulitzer Prize for music.

By Anne Midgette  |  03:51 PM ET, 04/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Pulitzer Prize

Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 04/16/2012

Eggerth on the air

WFMT in Chicago will air a two-hour special on Monday night on the 100th birthday of the singer and actress Marta Eggerth — with interviews with Eggerth, and lots of musical clips.

By Anne Midgette  |  12:09 PM ET, 04/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 04/16/2012

Links: Josh Bell as music director; two local opera companies make good(ish); and other weekend highlights.

The violinist Joshua Bell led the Academy of St-Martin-in-the-Fields; other notable concerts this weekend included two world premieres, one of an opera about 1950s self-help manuals (by Urban Arias) and one of an affirming orchestral piece with Sweet Honey in the Rock (by the NSO).

By Anne Midgette  |  10:36 AM ET, 04/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Joe Banno, Robert Battey, Stephen Brookes, NSO

Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 04/12/2012

Link: Marta Eggerth at 100

The singer, film star, and actress rubbed shoulders with everyone from Marian Anderson to Emmerich Kalman to Lotte Lenya. A profile as she approaches her 100th birthday on Tuesday.

By Anne Midgette  |  12:22 PM ET, 04/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Marta Eggerth

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 04/12/2012

Link: Urban Arias brings a second season of contemporary opera to Arlington

“Positions 1956,” an opera that has its world premiere on Friday, is based on self-help manuals of the 1950s about sex, dancing, and bodybuilding — just one of three short contemporary operas in the second festival season of the company Urban Arias.

By Stephen Brookes  |  11:40 AM ET, 04/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Stephen Brookes, Urban Arias

Posted at 11:32 AM ET, 04/12/2012

Links: the week in reviews

Reviews of the NSO last week; the latest offering from the series of new music concerts at the Atlas; the Arditti quartet; and a series highlighting young Japanese artists to celebrate the centennial of the cherry blossoms.

By Anne Midgette  |  11:32 AM ET, 04/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Stephen Brookes, Robert Battey

Posted at 02:14 PM ET, 04/05/2012

You be the critic: Lembit Beecher’s new trio

A high-quality video of a brand-new work by an up-and-coming composer that had its world premiere in Washington on Saturday night, courtesy of the Southwest Chamber Players. The concert went unreviewed — but now everyone has a chance to weigh in and say what they think.

By Anne Midgette  |  02:14 PM ET, 04/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 04/05/2012

Links: Hamelin, “Pierrot,” and the KenCen Players.

Links to reviews of some recent strong concerts: Marc-Andre Hamelin, thundering in Alkan; eighth blackbird offering a cabaret “Pierrot lunaire,” and the Kennedy Center Chamber Players.

By Anne Midgette  |  01:30 PM ET, 04/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Joan Reinthaler

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 04/03/2012

NSO to tour “Americas” in June

The orchestra’s first international tour under Christoph Eschenbach will take it to Mexico, Trinidad & Tobago, Uruguay, Argentina, and Brazil for a total of eight concerts.

By Anne Midgette  |  11:37 AM ET, 04/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  NSO

Posted at 02:16 PM ET, 04/02/2012

Just Awards: young opera singers feted

The Marian Anderson Award goes to the mezzo-soprano J’nai Bridges; while Issachah Savage, a graduate of the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at Catholic University, takes the top prize at the Marcello Giordani Foundation competition.

By Anne Midgette  |  02:16 PM ET, 04/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:46 PM ET, 04/02/2012

Weekend reviews: from Bach to Midori

The Bach Sinfonia recreated Bach’s 1723 audition in Leipzig; Midori concluded her residency in Alexandria; the University of Maryland gave a preview of its upcoming Argento celebration; and Mikhail Simonyan played a violin recital.

By Anne Midgette  |  12:46 PM ET, 04/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Joan Reinthaler, Robert Battey, Bach Sinfonia

 

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